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Dec 31, 2011 7:00am EST
in syria would inevitably trigger british and french attacks on those airfields'. if that happened as ike liked to say the fact would be in the fire. he inquired of the chairman of the joint chiefs whether american naval units were equipped with atomic anti-submarine weapons. not long after the president left for gettysburg, and whitman recalled the news of the middle east looked so bad, at one point of the white house was contemplating asking of the president to turn around and come back to the white house. rumors were rampant. soviet and intervention, some of the bad news came from moscow. the american ambassador cabled that the soviet mood had become more ominous. soviet leaders were prepared to take military action unless a cease-fire was quickly achieved. the staff hastened the president's return by flying him back from gettysburg. ike arrived at the white house at 12:38 p.m. following a short briefing, strode into the cabinet room where 18 men were waiting. the vice president and top leadership and defense departments including the joint chiefs, this was a council of war. he briefed
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